Windows 95 ported to Google Android devices

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For some inane reason, the crazy kooks at XDA-Developers have decided to port over a version of Microsoft Windows 95 to the Google Android platform. Yes, it means we’re going backwards in time about 15 years, but it means that you can relive your solitaire dreams on the go. There are actually two different versions of Windows 95 for Android floating about out there. There’s one version that is quite slow (just like the original!) but is reasonably stable. The other version isn’t all that stable (just like the original!), but it’s a lot faster. Pick your poison.

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Google to stop selling the Nexus One

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It was widely heralded as the first real “Google Phone” and now it will soon be laid out to pasture. If you were hoping to get your hands on the Google Nexus One smartphone, I highly suggest you do it very soon, because Google has placed its final order with HTC for the device. After stock from this shipment is depleted Google will no longer be selling the Nexus One through its official online store. Nada. No more. Kaput. You have plenty of other options in the Android realm, like the HTC Droid Incredible, but the Nexus One holds a special place in cell phone history.

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T-Mobile Vibrant (Samsung Galaxy S) coming this week

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Looking for a hot new Android phone to go with your T-Mobile service? It has now been confirmed that T-Mo will indeed be launching its new Samsung Vibrant smartphone this Thursday. You might already know it as the Samsung Galaxy S; this is just their variant on the hardware.

This beats AT&T to the punch by a few days, since the Captivate (AT&T’s take on the Galaxy S) won’t be hitting store shelves for a little while after that. It’s also bodes well for T-Mobile that there are shortages of the HTC EVO 4G (Sprint) and the HTC Droid Incredible (Verizon). I hope for T-Mobile’s sake that they have a good supply of these phones ready to go.

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LG Optimus smartphone and tablet launched on Android 2.2

LG Optimus Android 2.2 devices launched

Why announce a single device when you can announce a whole new brand with a complete new lineup of devices? Apparently, that’s the strategy that LG is taking with its new Optimus series. The main feature of this line is that they will all be powered by Google Android 2.2 froyo, at least for now. Optimus devices include both high-end and entry-level Android devices, so the latter will likely be left out of future upgrades to Gingerbread.

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Google Android Gingerbread will require 1GHz processors, coming mid-October 2010

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Late last week, we heard about the upcoming HTC Vision and how it would come loaded with Google Android Gingerbread right out of the box. Well, we have now learned a little more about this Gingerbread.

One of the bigger surprises coming out of the rumor mill is that it will actually require devices to have at least a 1GHz processor as part of its minimum requirements. If that’s the case, the dual-core 800MHz Vision may not technically reach that benchmark.

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Cisco unveils Cius Android business tablet with front-facing camera

Cisco Cius docked in the HD Soundstation

A new business focused Android tablet has been announced by Cisco today, they call it the Cius (“see us”). Loaded with every feature we had hoped the iPad would have, the Cius comes with HD video streaming, real-time video communications thanks to a front-facing camera, tricked out 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, 3G/4G data and Bluetooth 3.0 so you can pretty much stay connected anytime, anywhere. A 7-inch high-resolution LCD using contact-based touch targets, something called the HD Soundstation, which without a doubt is the best looking docking bay I’ve ever seen.

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Samsung Epic 4G destined for Sprint

Samsung Epic 4G announced for Sprint

Giving the iPhone 4 a run for its money, the Samsung Epic 4G destined for Sprint brings dual cameras, with LED flash and HD (720p) video recording to the table. Running on Android 2.1, with a 2.2 update in the near future, and a 4-inch Super AMOLED touchscreen, 1GHz Hummingbird CPU, slide-out QWERTY keyboard, digital compass, proximity sensor, light sensor, GPS and six-axis motion sensor.

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HTC Vision Android phone with dual-core processor

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Forget about Google Android 2.2 Froyo. You’ll want the newer Google Android Gingerbread (2.3) that’ll come pre-loaded on the HTC Vision smartphone. At least, that’s what the latest rumors are leading us to believe. We don’t have any kind of firm confirmation, or even initial renders for the HTC Vision, but this smartphone sounds like it’s going to be a beast. In addition to boasting a yet unreleased build of Android, the Vision will also get a dual-core 800MHz processor. This might be an underclocked version of the dual core Snapdragon, but I can’t say for sure.

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$130 HTC Aria gets Android 2.1, on AT&T June 20

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Up until now, if you were looking at Android phones, but in on an AT&T contract your choices were pretty slim. You could go for the Motorola Backflip, or a reincarnation of Dell’s Mini 3, the Dell Aero. Today the Aria enters the Android line expanding AT&T’s offerings with another mid-level phone. The soon-to-be iPhone 4 carrier has been pretty hesitant to pick up any high-end Android smartphones that could compete with the Apple’s devices.

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HTC Legend launches with Virgin Mobile, Bell soon to follow

HTC Legend arrives in Canada

The whole Android scene in Canada is about to get a heck of a lot more interesting. One of the most highly sought after devices is the HTC Legend and it’s coming to the land of the maple leaf. Today. As in, right now. It has been officially confirmed that the HTC Legend Android smartphone is available through Virgin Mobile Canada as of today. It’s not on their website yet, so it could be an in-store only thing for the time being.

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Motorola Flipout phone not available in the USA, shaped like a square, runs Android 2.1 with 7 flipping fantastic fancy colors

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Catering to the explosive widespread adoption of “social media,” Motorola has yet again released a new phone, this time it’s a “compact” and pocketable “social package” you may or may not be eager to get your hands on. Shaped like a square, or a woman’s compact, is the Motorola Flipout. MOTOBLUR integrates your Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, as well as your emails, messages and friends; as a hub for you to socialize your entire flipping life to the world. Spilled your mocha latte on your lap? Perhaps someone just cut you off on 27th.. Flipout will surely let you Flipout efficiently, all from one seamless interface. The Motoblur battery manager also optimizes the Flipout’s settings so you can get the most flipping use out of it.

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Motorola Droid Xtreme pics leaked, coming to Verizon soon

Motorola Droid Xtreme with bulging HD camera on back

Some shots of the upcoming Motorola Droid Xtreme were released this week. The handset destined for Verizon Wireless has a massive 8 megapixel camera with HD video support and an HDMI video output port. Digital imaging tech in smartphones are really getting out of control as of late, we are expecting the next iPhone 4G to get some HD mc’lovin from Apple. If they don’t serve up some high-def goodness than they may be playing catch up to Android yet again.

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Nvidia supporting Google Android at Computex

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The big bang of computing devices into the mobile space clearly looked like Apple’s iPhone. But as this new universe cools and expands at an unthinkable rate, the early constellations are coalescing around (Google’s) Android’s impressive gravitational field. At the annual Computex show in Taipei, Apple’s iPad has once again set the bar; the hip device this year is the tablet. But where Microsoft’s Windows and Android are both represented, a clear preference for the Android is emerging (sorry again, Steve Ballmer).

“Windows is too big and it’s too full featured for smartbooks and tablets,” Jen-Hsun Huang, president and CEO at Nvidia said, speaking with reporters in Taipei on Monday. Smartbook is a term used to describe low-cost laptops containing processors designed by Arm instead of x86 chips from Intel or Advanced Micro Devices. “The good news is that we finally have an operating system to unite behind. Android is an operating system that has gained a tremendous amount of momentum all over the world,” Huang said. Strong words in an industry still ruled by Microsoft’s founding principles of fear, uncertainty, and doubt.

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